Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program

Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
Washington, DC

The Center awards approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illuminate policy issues of contemporary importance.

Application Deadline: October 1

Citizens or permanent residents from any country (foreign nationals must be able to hold a valid passport and obtain a J1 Visa)
Men and women with outstanding capabilities and experience from a wide variety of -backgrounds (including government, the corporate world, professions, and academia)
Academic candidates holding a Ph.D. (Ph.D. must be received by the application deadline of October 1)
Academic candidates demonstrating scholarly achievement by publications beyond their doctoral dissertations
Practitioners or policymakers with an equivalent level of professional achievement
English proficiency as the Center is designed to encourage the exchange of ideas among its fellows

Applicants working on a degree (even if the degree is to be awarded prior to the proposed fellowship year)
Proposals of a partisan or advocacy nature
Primary research in the natural sciences
Projects that create musical composition or dance
Projects in the visual arts
Projects that are the rewriting of doctoral dissertations
The editing of texts, papers, or documents
The preparation of textbooks, anthologies, translations, and memoirs

The Center devotes significant attention to the exploration of broad thematic areas.

Primary themes are:
governance, including such issues as the key features of the development of democratic institutions, democratic society, civil society, and citizen participation;
the U.S. role in the world and issues of partnership and leadership—military, political, and economic dimensions; and
key long-term future challenges confronting the United States and the world.

While the Center does not engage in formulating actual policy, priority will be given to proposals related to these themes and intersecting with crucial public policy issues. Within this framework, the Center also welcomes projects that provide the historical and/or cultural context for some of today’s significant public policy debates.